Marysville-Pilchuck’s Jordan Justice pushes Arlington’s Joseph Schmidt to the ground during a game last October. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Marysville-Pilchuck’s Jordan Justice pushes Arlington’s Joseph Schmidt to the ground during a game last October. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL: Will there be high school football in the fall?

Schools are scheduled to reopen, but will football be able to accommodate distancing regulations?

There’s hope that high school sports will resume in the fall. But will football be among them?

Last Thursday, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced during a Zoom press conference that schools, which closed in March as a results of the coronavirus outbreak, are scheduled to reopen in the fall. He also said that he expects sports to be available.

But not all sports are created equal when it comes to physical distancing, and football is at the top of that list.

On June 5 Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced guidance for sporting activities in Phases 2 and 3 of the state’s four-phase plan for reopening. In Phase 2 teams can practice in a limited fashion, and in Phase 3 teams can resume playing games. Most of the state is currently in Phase 2, including Snohomish County.

However, there are restrictions on playing games in Phase 3. The total gathering at one game cannot exceed 50 individuals, and football games usually consist of far more individuals than that.

Football is also a sport that consists of a large amount of contact, with the whole point of the sport being players converging, rather than distancing themselves. When it comes to coronavirus, football is a far different beast than cross country or tennis.

“You mention football,” Reykdal said in the press conference. “There certainly are some sports more conducive than 50-100 people on a sideline packed together, and certainly a line of scrimmage. So it kind of comes down to some of that stuff, it’s, ‘How often is there contact?’ The Department of Health will once again drive most of that regulation.”

There’s no set timeline on when guidance is expected to be announced for high school sports. The WIAA, which is the governing body of the state’s high school sports, is working with the Department of Health to create those guidelines, but Reykdal said it could be weeks before that guidance is announced.

Football is the most popular high school sport, at least based on attendance and website hits. But it would seem to be the sport most at danger of being unable to accommodate restrictions intended to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

So what do you think? Do you think there will be high school football in the fall? Let us know here:


Talk to us

More in Sports

Western Washington pin hitter Gabby Gunterman, a Lake Stevens graduate. (Western Washington University photo)
Community sports: Gunterman leads WWU volleyball to final 8

Plus, former local standouts earn athlete of the week honors and Edmonds College posts coaching openings.

Jackson Berezowski
Silvertips remain confident after up-and-down week

Everett experienced dramatic highs and lows while splitting four games. Coach Dennis Williams isn’t concerned.

X
Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Nov. 30-Dec. 5

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Nov. 30-Dec. 5. Voting closes… Continue reading

X
Prep results for Monday, Dec. 6

Prep results for Monday, Dec. 6: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Seattle Kraken defenseman Carson Soucy (28) goes down as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby watches the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Kraken walloped by Penguins

Pittsburgh scored twice early and never looked back in handing Seattle a 7-1 loss.

Lake Stevens' Kolton Matson halts his scramble with Graham Kapowsin's Jalen Davenport closing during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Patterson: Future is bright for Lake Stevens despite title game loss

The Vikings suffered a humbling loss, but many players will be back from their talented squad.

Lake Stevens' TK Perkins makes his way to the sideline during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens falls to Graham-Kapowsin in 4A state title game

The Murren-less Vikings run into a “buzzsaw” and finish as state runners-up after a 44-7 loss to G-K.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, left, makes a catch for a touchdown ahead of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Josh Norman, right, during the second half of an NFL football game at Lumen Field, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Grading the Seattle Seahawks’ 30-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers

Seattle’s defense and special teams shined as it finally got back in the win column.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, upper right, is lifted by wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) after scoring a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game at Lumen Field, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seahawks outlast 49ers to end 3-game losing streak

Russell Wilson had his best start since returning from injury, and the defense made a late goal-line stand.

Most Read